Send Someone Else
Today’s Reading: Exodus 3-4
Key Verse: Exodus 4:13
But he said, “O my Lord, please send by the hand of whomever else You may send.”
Moses was 40 when he tried to protect his people with his own strength, killing the brutal Egyptian. Now 80 and banished from the royal household of Egypt, he’s worked 40 more years as a shepherd for his Father-in-law. Is he ready to lead and deliver the children of Israel from slavery? According to God, “Yes.” According to Moses, “No.” Think of all God has done to prepare Moses: the miraculous rescue by Pharaoh’s daughter; his Hebrew early childhood education in his parents’ home; his Egyptian education in the palace; the supernatural revelation of the burning bush; the Name of God given to him, “I am that I am;” and yet he still doesn’t feel up to the job. When God calls us, only one answer is acceptable, “Yes Lord.” Let’s go through the doors God opens. Failure to do so will displease God (Exodus 4:14). Almost every day I used to hear my Dad pray, “God, may the smile of your approval be upon our lives.”
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, here I am by Your grace. May I never try to do Your work on my own. I need You desperately. I praise You for the ways in which You’ve prepared me for today’s challenges. As You lead, I’ll follow. I pray this in the Name of Jesus who obeyed You 100%. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I can identify with Moses. Back in the early 1970s at family altar, my son Reynold prayed night after night for at least 2 weeks, “O God, please help Daddy to help those poor children in India.” Somehow his heart had been touched by their need. I would mumble under my breath something like this, “Lord, I’ve got enough to do, please send someone else.” I was awakened in the middle of the night by a telephone call ringing over and over. Finally, I got up, went downstairs to the phone, and gave a half-awake grumpy “Hello.” The voice on the other end said, “David, it’s Mark Buntain in Calcutta. I’ve got 800 children to feed and school today, and I’ve just received a cable message that we’ve been cut off from our funding. Can you help me?” Within a month, we had raised sponsors for over 1000 children, raised the monthly amount Mark received per child, and turned the sponsors over to the organization with the lowest operational overhead costs at the time, World Vision of Canada. That experience introduced World Vision to the effectiveness of using TV to raise child sponsorships.